National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), Mexico City

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Enrich your tour of the city with a history lesson at National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia), one of Mexico's premier cultural institutions. Established in 1964, this comprehensive museum contains important artifacts from the country's pre-Columbian past. Major highlights include an Aztec stone calendar and a 16th-century statue of Xochipilli, Aztec god of art, games, flowers, and song. After you piece together Mexico's pre-Hispanic past, visit the upper display halls to learn how the country's indigenous cultures live today. Rent an audio guide at the entrance if you wish to explore on your own, or join one of the museum's free guided tours. Plan your visit to National Museum of Anthropology (Museo Nacional de Antropologia) and a wealth of other attractions, well-known and undiscovered, using our Mexico City day trip website .
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  • We needed three visits to see all. Used a guide for early Mexican portions and well worth the money. Very well laid out. Amazing Mexican history and culture.  more »
  • This museum is beautiful! and provides very interesting information and data about the past of Mexico, Central and South America. Although not everything is translated into English, just being able to...  more »
  • It is the Museum to visit if one has few days in the city of Mexico and want to know a little more the culture of this country. Still as I remember it. Very nice tour, its rooms are larger, lit and very well put. Perhaps a little more detailed explanations would be appreciated in some places. I highly recommend it.
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  • One of the best museums I've ever been to! The fact that it cost only 70 pesos (or about 3.50 USD) is incredible. You can easily spend a whole day here if you take your time, but if you only have a couple hours head straight back to the Aztec collection - it's the most impressive. I loved that many of the collections had an outdoor component to them. Tip: if there's a big line for tickets when you walk in there's automatic ticket machine located next to the gift shop.
  • Definitely can spend all day here. So many displays that are beautifully preserved with a lot of replicas as well. Plenty of information in English and so much information in Spanish! If you can read Spanish you can easily spend a few days looking at everything. Seventy pesos for all day entrance and is worth every bit! You can bring a lunch but you will have to leave it in the free lockers. Definitely worth checking out if coming to Mexico city!
  • Good place to go through the history of Mexico through the ages. It’s a well maintained and well organized establishment and even has a good cafeteria, though a bit hidden on the lower level. Some of the exhibits are placed nicely in the open nestled between trees and bushes. You can even see curators working on fixing old relics. It’s a good way to spend some quality time.
  • This museum is VERY large. The exhibits are very nice and the information is very deep. To see the whole museum and actually read and take your time, it would take you more than 1 whole day. Best thing is to pick the sections that you prefer or to take the tour that helps simplify and highlight the best of the best. If history and learning is your thing, surely you want to go to this landmark.
  • Exceptional museum that provides an extensive history of Mexico's complicated history. At some point, I simply could not keep it all straight. Perhaps half of the descriptions also had an English translation. The contemporary artwork interspersed through the exhibits was beautiful and added to the experience. I will be back after I read more Mexico's history so I can put it in better context.

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